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MEXICO CITY – Midfielder Amanda Perez has earned a spot on the U-20 World Cup Team for Mexico. The redshirt sophomore at UW, Perez took part in the pre-tournament training camp for Mexico and recently learned she has made the 23-player roster.
The 2014 U-20 Women’s World Cup is being hosted by Canada and begins August 5. The group stage lasts through August 13 with the final begin played on August 24.
Perez is a veteran of the Mexican National Team, earning a CAP with the Senior Team and playing at the U-17 World Cup back in 2009.
"I'm extremely proud and excited to have made the final U-20 World Cup roster,” said Perez. “Nothing can really compare to representing your country at a tournament like this!"
Perez will compete for a starting midfielder spot for Mexico who is in Group C of the Round Robin phase of the tournament. Mexico will face England, South Korea and Nigeria in the group stage with the top two advancing to the knockout phase.
"We have a lot of experience on our roster, and that's something that is going to really help us cope with the emotions and pressures that present themselves at a World Cup,” said Perez. “Right now we are solely focused on our first game and taking everything step by step."
Mexico opens on August 6 against Nigeria in Moncton, New Brunswick at 4:00 p.m., PT. Moncton is in the far eastern part of Canada about 170 miles east of the Maine. They will then face England on August 9 at 10 a.m., PT also in Moncton and South Korea on August 13 at 5 p.m., PT in Toronto.
Should Mexico advance, they would play a quarterfinal on August 17 in either Moncton or Montreal. The semifinals are August 20 in either Moncton or Montreal and the final will be played in Montreal’s Olympic Stadium on August 24.
Following the tournament, Perez will return to her Washington team right around the start of the college season depending on how far Mexico advances. For now, Perez is just looking to enjoy the experience and help Mexico go as far as possible.
"Having already had the opportunity to participate in a couple youth World Cups I know how fast it can go,” said Perez. “I'm really going to enjoy every moment and try and make this my best soccer experience to date!"